In her program’s first telecast since OWN announced that her show was being canceled, Rosie O’Donnell addressed the development.
The headline: Don’t Blame Oprah.
“Some people were saying, ‘Oh, it’s not fair.’ It is fair,” Rosie insisted. “Oprah gave me an amazing shot at doing this.”
The show was wrong from the get-go, said the comic turned actress, who headlined a hit syndicated daytime talk show that ran for six seasons, from ’96 to ’02.
“We were kind of trying to do a little bit of what we had done 15 years ago, and you can’t do it,” Rosie said. “. . . Lewis Carroll says I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. . . . I figured it out over Christmas break.”
But by then, when the decision was made to morph the show into an audience-free, one-on-one interview program, too much momentum had been lost, she said.
“Here’s the bottom line,” Rosie said. “It’s a business, right? It didn’t make financial sense to continue the show at the cost, because of the amount of viewers.”